In a recent CNN town hall, Nikki Haley claimed that biological boys in girls’ locker rooms contributed to suicidal thoughts among teenage girls, sparking controversy amongst leftists and earning her Four Pinocchios from Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler. Haley’s assertion, while unsupported by evidence, exposes once again the Post’s left-leaning bias in targeting Republicans for fact-checking more often than Democrats.
Haley’s campaign responded to Kessler’s request for evidence by stating the need to “grow strong girls” and claiming that women’s voices are being silenced. While Kessler rightly points out the lack of evidence for a suicide connection, his selective focus on Republican misinformation calls into question the integrity of the fact-checking process. Furthermore, it seems unlikely that left-leaning social media users would have reacted so passionately to Haley’s statement if it had been made on a conservative network.
Kessler’s track record of being more lenient on Democrats, such as giving Kamala Harris only two Pinocchios for lying about starting from scratch on a COVID vaccine, further highlights the partisan nature of his fact-checking. The outrage on Lefty Twitter over Haley’s statement is ironic—conservatives often face accusations of spurring suicidal thoughts among transgender youth simply by opposing their ideology. However, leftist groups like The Trevor Project, which claim that LGBTQ youth face higher suicide risk due to societal mistreatment and stigmatization, go unchecked by fact-checkers like Kessler.
In conclusion, the strong reaction to Nikki Haley’s unsupported claim underscores the biased and selective approach taken by fact-checkers and media outlets. Until they address these biases